WARWICK’S Morgan Park Raceway was the testing ground for a top-secret V8 Supercar project yesterday.
The much talked about V8 Supercars’ Car of the Future prototype was put through its paces behind locked gates, but we managed to snap a couple of spy shots.
Fresh from hosting Round 5 of the Shannons Nationals, the Morgan Park track was secured by V8 Supercars to continue its testing and development of the Ford Falcon-bodied prototype.
It is believed that the Falcon seen in these spy shots has already completed nearly 2500km, and the aim is to log between 5000-10,000km before signing off on the final technical specifications of the independent rear suspension, the new fuel system and the driveline (transaxle gearbox).
Fujitsu V8 Series drivers Jack Perkins and Scott McLaughlin have been completing most of the testing, with Matt Stone Racing and the V8 Supercars’ technical department preparing the car.
V8 Supercars’ Car of the Future has been implemented to reduce the cost of V8 Supercars racing, improve safety and even the playing field amongst the 28 drivers and teams.
V8 Supercars has commissioned Paul Ceprnich’s Pace Innovations business to build the prototypes – the first of which is the Ford Falcon FG that had already completed a number of days at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich before its Warwick outing yesterday.
V8 Supercars is expanding internationally with races schedule for the Middle East, New Zealand, the USA, Singapore and possibly India by 2013 – incredibly the new car they will run that season will have faced much of its development in our own backyard at Morgan Park.
The second prototype – a Holden Commodore – is set to be completed in the coming weeks before its first on-track test.
Three Car of the Future chassis will be officially launched at the Sydney Telstra 500 in December this year, with the body panels of the third chassis yet to be confirmed.
V8 Supercars, based on the Gold Coast, is hoping that the development of the COTF will encourage several more manufacturers into the sport from 2013.
While this is not the first time a V8 Supercar has ever driven around the Warwick circuit, it is the first time that V8 Supercars has used the track in an official capacity.
The small size of the track and its facilities has prevented the growing V8 sport to hold a proper race meeting there.